SE LLAMA SABROSO (They Call it Tasty) by Zona Franka (a zona franca is a duty-free port) is an exciting introduction of a style called "Changüí con flow", a fusion of traditional rural changüí with rap and other urban Cuban music. As the name of the group implies, various musical styles from around the Americas are also featured. The songs are Cuban classics re-imagined in fresh, clever and innovative new arrangements that far differ from the original versions.
This is the debut solo album of Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera, a member of the Familia Valera Miranda, a century-old group and one of the key purveyors of the Son Cubano. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to jazz masters through cassette tapes while in school and those inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and wonderful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, renowned vocalist Coco Freeman, Valera and his exciting ensemble pair 12 original songs with beautiful instrumental work in ways that will make you dance, laugh, and possibly shed a tear.
Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.

Featured Artists 2011-2009

Here's an archive of our FEATURED ARTISTS. All links are active. Click on any image to visit. To view our past featured artists please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

SBS Abel Namá | March 11, 2011

Iris Sandra | January 4, 2011

Limpia Timpanos (Yaimir Jiménez Pitit) | August 18, 2010
Limpia Timapanos - Yaimir Jiménez Pitit

Caribbean Classics | September 20, 2009
Timba Cubana en Vivo Excelente colección de Puerto Rico Elito Revé y su Charangón Materia Prima de Puerto Rico Clásicos de la música cubana

Patje | May 4, 2009

Bobi Cespedes | February 10, 2009
bobi cespedes patakin bobi cespedes patakin

Bartolo u su Sátira Política | October 16, 2008
Bartolo - El Elector Indigno